Funds for Favors: Exposing Donors’ Influence on Committee Leaders

Heading a committee in the House of Representatives brings rewards beyond the chance to write important bills: an increase in campaign contributions from the same industries those committees are supposed to oversee.  Research by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) found as members grow in power and seniority, the industries they are responsible for regulating steer more and more money into their campaign coffers.  Those members typically receive especially big jumps in industry donations during the election cycle immediately before assuming the chairmanship or ranking member position.

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Chairman

House Committee

Ranking Member




Frank Lucas

Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK)
 

Agriculture

Collin Peterson

Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN)
 

Buck_McKeon

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA)
 

Armed Services

Adam Smith

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)
 

John_Kline

Rep. John Kline (R-MN)
 

Education
and the Workplace

George_Miller

Rep. George Miller (D-CA)
 

Fred_Upton

Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
 

Energy and Commerce

Henry_Waxman

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA)
 

Spencer_Bachus

Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL)
 

Financial Services

Barney_Frank

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)
 

Peter_King

Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
 

Homeland Security

Bennie_Thompson

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS)
 

Lamar_Smith

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)
 

Judiciary

John_Conyers

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)
 

Doc_Hastings

Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA)
 

Natural Resources

Edward_Markey

Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA)
 

Ralph_Hall

Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX)
 

Science, Space and Technology

Eddie Bernice Johnson

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
 

John_Mica

Rep. John Mica (R-FL)
 

Transportation and Infrastructure

Nick_Rahall

Rep. Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV)
 

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